Plant Addict Alert! If you have problems coping with uncontrollable acquisition, step away from this plant. Take a few minutes, walk through the garden and if you are still besotted, know that it is ok because this is totally cool! Crazy Ethiopian species for a hot sunny spot with red flowers late summer into fall.
This is one of the rarest Maples in wild known only from a very small and threatened population which was recently rediscovered following its introduction to cultivation in the 1930's from a scarce handful of seed. Narrow leaflets in 5's or 7's on a usually shrubby small tree and best in a milder garden. Parent plant thriving in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.
Wicked New Zealander with defensively formidable stilleto yelloowish leaves in a low dense mound. This is not only deer resistant but wild boar, komodo dragon and grizzly bear reisistant as well. This well armored Kiwi has dioecious white flowers in a showy yellow plume. Good deep drainage.
The largest of the Spaniard Grasses, this is native to sub-alpine montane grasslands on the South Island of New Zealand where it does experience snow. The plant forms large tussocks whose needle sharp blue-green leaves can reach 3' long. Perhaps best of all, it has a spike of soft yellow flowers up to 9' tall. Not a true grass but in the carrot family.
One of the sweetest little bulbs imaginable! Summer dormant with dainty white flowers on 6" stems appearing in Aug into Sept. This grows in Portugal, Gibralter and Morocco and is just as happy growing with Madrona in the PNW as it is Olives back home. Grassy foliage up in fall and winter.
Our collection of this distinctive viningMonkshood from the wooded slopes of Longshou in Sichuan. We think this is quite superior to other color forms of this rare species and have given it the name 'Monk Gone Wild' because it is a pretty crazy color for a Monkshood plus this monk managed to remain technically celibate yet still have lots of children via stem bulbils.
Rollicking twining Monkshood from China that delights in scrambling up into shrubs or onto thin trellage. Although a fine and aristocratic perennial, it remains devoid of snobbery embracing chainlink as if it were ornate wrought iron at an Antebellum mansion. Dusky lavender flowers.
This is a clone of this climbing Monkshood species which initialy caught our eye as being subtly different than the other form we offer. This has some yellowish mottling to the foliage and appeals to our geeky natures as being a little different. Same light blue flowers as the typical form. This will climb to 10' or more and drape itself upon a handy shrub or trellis.
This is from our seed collection on the Chongqing-Guangxi-Guizhou expedition in 2010. We found this on the summit of the previously unbotanized highest peak in the Wumingshan where it was clambering about on the top of the short scrub. We were struck by the large seed pods. Light blue flowers on this vining Monkshood.
A wild collection by Daniel Winkler, noted authority of Tibetan montane ecology. This Chinese species has won us over with its first flowering last year. Chunky helmeted flowers in shades of lavender atop stout and fairly compact plants. I kinda hope they get a little taller this year.
An interesting Monkshood species from a Philip MacDougall collection in Taiwan. This has large dusky blue-purple flowers on 2'-3' stems in mid summer and is not so tall so as to require support. This does well for us in full sun but might be even better in half sun. It has been a reliable performer and a nice change from the typical Dutch and Euro selections.
Another climbing Monkshood species which we quite enjoy. A great deer proof perennial that each year produces twining vines to 10' or more with terminal clusters of Monkshood flowers of lavender-purple and white in late summer and fall. Good for trellises or running up into large shrubs, small trees or wire fence panels. Pretty darned easy.
Our collection from Bita Hai in Yunnan at 11000' from a plant 5' high having an exceptionally long and dense seed head. This will have creamy flowers with pale yellow tones in a "bottlebrush" sort of arrangement. A not unpleasant muskiness to the foliage might keep the deer at bay.
These are from wild collected seed in the Russian Far East. Light green foliage and spires of white flowers. A good tough plant and quite attractive.
A subtle woodlander for most of spring and summer until late summer and fall when it suddenly busts a move and starts strutting its stuff. Fern-like foliage backs small white puffs of flowers in May which become showy clusters of bright white fruit in late summer & fall. The white version of our red fruited native.
Silver Broom. Uncommon xeric shrub endemic to the Sierra Nevada Mts of Spain. This member of the Fabaceae family is fab indeed with pale flaking bark, silver-green needle-like leaves and sprays of soft yellow flowers. Pretty awesome and locally grown to perfection at the Heg and Barca gardens on Whidbey Island.
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern. Evergreen to semi-evergreen creeping fern making the the most textural groundcover imaginable. Salmon pink new growth goes to light olive and finally green leaflets on black wiry stems just 8"-12" high. Likes a loose moist soil but will tolerate dry when established.
A fine evergreen Maidenhair Fern from a naturally occurring hybrid between Adiantum aleuticum and A. jordanii. These are a different clone than the "original clone" and no less desireable with the same fine and wholesome attributes. Maidenhairs have always been one of the quintessential ferns in our estimation and this is a choice one.
Rare to find this clone of this natural California nybrid between Adiantum aleuticum and A. jordanii. We hardly ever offer this except for a very few hard-won divisions teased from our mama plant. This evergreen Maidenhair species is one of the most requested plants when seen in our shade garden.
This is likely the first introduction of this curious Tea family member from our collection in Guangxi Province. An evergreen shrub to 10' in the wild with long slightly drooping olive-green leaves prominently hirsute especially along the margins. Flowers are small and white and give way to small black fruit. We are thinking hardy to zone 8.
A Vietnam species which has been hardy to 15F. Great container plant with tubular red flowers which can easily be moved inside for the winter where it can serve as a houseplant until it is time to go back outside. Or keep it outside until there is danger of frost and then hustle it in and bring it back out when safe.
Rare introduction of this epiphytic gesneriad from the eastern Himalaya. Narrow evergreen leaves on pendant stems with lots of tubular red flowers. This is ideal for a hanging basket or would work indoors as it is frost sensitive.
Choice little alpine from the heights of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey which is remarkably hardy. Sue brought this out west with her from her garden in northern Vermont in case you think we're making stuff up. Which we do but we're not this time. Perfect low mats of small rounded gray leaves and white spring flowers.
Blue Heaven brings some serious swagger to the garden. This Nico Rijnbeek introduction can take a year or two to really establish in the garden but once it has, it owns that piece of ground. Wide green leaves surround fat flower stems that hold XL blue flowerheads around 2' tall. This has handled low teens fine with a thick blanket of mulch in winter.
This was selected at Bressingham Gardens by the legendary Alan Bloom and is derivative from the garden-proven Headsbourne hybrids that are noted for hardiness and excellent flowers. This pick of the litter has 2-1/2' stems with baseball sized flowerheads of a good dark blue. This will be good for zone 7 with a nice deep mulch.
A compact little guy carrying very nice white flowers which benefit from extra petals giving it a little more floral punch. If you can and no one complains, then why not? Mulch in winter and decent drainage and feel free to plant it in a very sunny hot spot.
"How tall does this get in flower? Five to six feet!?! Damn!" Yes, we're mind readers. Hot new Agapanthus from the UK with refined clusters of Icy pale blue with long pendulous individual flowers held at eye level. This shows the strong influence of the species inapertus with its drooping flowers which we do so love. Ice Cascade will make you shiver in delight.
A lovely cultivar introduced to this area by the enigmatic Pete Ray of Vashon and no relation to our local Kingston. Tastefully narrow deciduous leaves with medium small flower heads of a good clear mid-blue. Hardy and a good performer in the garden. Sun and deer resistant.
One of the top hybrids bred by Steve Hickman of Hoyland's and is well-regarded among those in the know for its large powder-blue flowers on 30" stems. We have just a few of these and owe thanks to plantsman Jim Fox's courier efforts from the UK and for sharing with us.
A sterling selection of a smaller Agapanthus which has lots of small heads of dark blue flowers, We dug this from the personal garden of our friends from Hedgerows Nursery upon their retirement and moving away. A very choice selection and not to be confused with the clone 'Midknight Blue'.